Make a Family Reunion Photo Album

When you’re having a family reunion or a family get together it’s fun to be able to show photos of the family that you have captured over the years.

PowerPoint has an easy to use Family Reunion Photo Album template that you can use as a starting point for creating a great photo album presentation. This can be set up so it will run automatically on your computer so you can put your computer on a table and the slide show will loop until you stop it. We will show you how to get the template and how to make your own slide show.

To start, launch PowerPoint, choose File > New (in PowerPoint 2007 click the Office Button and click New). In the Search box type Family Reunion Photo Album and click to search. When the photo album template appears click it to select it and click Download (or click Create depending on the version of PowerPoint that you are using).

The template will download and open in PowerPoint. View the slide layouts by clicking through the slides in the panel on the left. Click on slide 1, click where it says Your Name and type your family name. At the foot of the slide click to and type the date of the event or a description of it.

Click on the photo on this first slide and press Delete to delete it. Notice that there is a box behind the photo. Click the icon in the middle of the box, browse to your My Pictures folder to find a photo to use. Click the photo and click Insert to insert it onto the slide.

Click on Slide 2 and click the icon in the middle of the slide to add a photo. Locate the photo to use, click it and click to insert the photo in the slide show. Click on the text at the foot of the slide and either delete the text or type over it with some text describing the image.

The third slide works in a similar way to the other slides. Click the icon and choose a picture to add and click Insert. In this case the text on the right tells you a little about what you can do with the photo. Delete this text and either type some text of your own or simply ignore the placeholder text Click to Add Caption as it won’t show at presentation time.

Continue to create additional slides. Notice that Slide 4 has space for three photos and three captions and it works similarly to the other slides. You can change a layout for any slide by right clicking the slide thumbnail and choose Layout and select a different layout. To add a new slide choose New Slide from the Home tab on the ribbon and choose a layout for it.

When you have finished creating your slide show choose File > Save. Type a name for the presentation and save it in a place that will be easy for you to find such as your My Documents folder.

To set up the presentation click the Transitions tab and locate the Advance Slide options on the right. Deselect the On Mouse Click checkbox, and click the After checkbox. Set the After amount to 10 for a 10 second display. Click Apply to all.

You can also choose a transition to play as the slides move from one to the next. Those in the Dynamic Content area are quite sophisticated. Once you choose a transition to use, click Apply to all to apply it to all the slides.

Click the Slide Show tab and click Set Up Slide Show. Click the Browsed at a kiosk (full screen) option and click Ok. Now save your presentation again. At presentation time all you need do is to launch PowerPoint, open this file and choose Slide Show > From Beginning and the slide show will play continuously until you press Esc. If an image is larger than its placeholder, click the image and click Picture Tools > Format tab > Crop. Drag the image into position inside the placeholder and click Crop again to return to working on the slide show.